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BS Murthy is an Indian novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction 'n articles writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher in ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ that was originally published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004 (republished here) 

Born on 27 Aug 1948 and schooled in letter-writing, by 1983, he started articulating his managerial ideas, in thirty-odd published articles. However, in Oct 1994, he began penning Benign Flame: Saga of Love with the ‘novel art' and continued his fictional endeavors in ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth. 

Then entering the arena  of non-fiction with a ‘novel’ narrative in Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife, possibly a new genre, he ventured into the zone of translations for versifying  the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s  Sundara Kānda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English idiom. 

Later, ascending 'Onto the Stage' with 'Slighted Souls and other stage and radio plays', he returned to fictional form with Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel to finally reach the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories, followed by a novella, Of No Avail: Web of Wedlock.

And in the end, as a prodigal son, he returned to his mother tongue, Telugu, to craft the short story తప్పటడుగులు (Missteps) 

 While his fiction had emanated from his conviction that for it to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, all his body of work was borne out of his passion for writing, matched only by his love for language, which is in the public domain in umpteen ebook sites. 

Some of his published articles on management issues, general insurance topics, literary matters, and political affairs in The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Financial Express. The Purchase, The Insurance Times, Triveni , Boloji.com at https://independent.academia.edu/BulusuSMurthy 

He, a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India, is a Hyderabad-based Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986.

He takes keen interest in politics of the day, has an ear for Carnatic and Hindustani classical music and had been a passionate Bridge player.  

He's is married, to a housewife, with two sons, the elder one a PhD in Finance and the younger a Master in Engineering.

 

 

 

 

General Information:

BS's ‘Novel’ Account of Human Possibility                    

Whenever I look at my body of work of ten books, the underlying human possibility intrigues me no end, and why not. I was born into a land-owning family in a remote village of Andhra Pradesh in India that is after the British had folded their colonial tents from there, but much before the rural education mechanism was geared up. It was thus the circumstances of my birth enabled me to escape from the tiresome chores of the primary schooling till I had a nine-year fill of an unbridled childhood, embellished by village plays and grandma’s tales, made all the more interesting by her uncanny ability for storytelling. As my maternal grandfather’s grandfather happened to be a poet laureate at the court of a princeling of yore, maybe their genes together strived to infuse the muses in me their progeny. 

However, as the English plants that Lord Macaulay planted in the Indian soil hadn’t taken roots in its hinterland till then, it’s the native tongues that ruled the roost in the best part of the vast land, and in Andhra it was Telugu, the Italian of the East that held the sway.  No wonder then, leave alone constructing a sentence on my own in English, whenever I had to read one, I used to be afflicted with stammer. Maybe, it was at the behest of the unseen hand of human possibility or owing to his own foresight that my father in time had shifted our family base to the cosmopolitan town of Kakinada to put me into the missionary McLaren High School in Class X. With that began my tryst with English, which, courtesy one of my maternal uncles, eventually led me to the continental fiction in translation that engaged me more, far more than the technical subjects I had to pursue for a career as a mechanical engineer.

While the Penguin classics inculcated in me a love for English language that is besides broadening my outlook of life, my nature enabled me to explore the possibilities of youth, and given that letter-writing was still in vogue then, I was wont to embellish my letters to friends and loved-ones with insights the former induced and emotions the latter infused. Clearly, all those letters that my novels carry owe more to my impulse to write them than to my muse’s need to express itself through them. Even as the fiction enabled me to handle the facts of life with fortitude, as life, for its part, chose to subject me to more of its vicissitudes, I continued tending my family and attending my job.

Fortuitously, when I was thirty-three, my mind and matter combined to explore the effect of the led on the leader, and when the resultant “Organizational ethos and good Leadership” was published in The Hindu, I experienced the thrill of, what is called, seeing one’s name in print. Encouraged, I continued to apply my mind on varied topics such as general management, materials management, general insurance, politics, and, not to speak of, life and literature resulting in some thirty published articles. But fiction was nowhere in the sight, nor I had any idea to turn into a novelist for Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Emily Zola, Gustav Flaubert et al are literary deities (I hadn’t read Marcel Proust and Robert Musil by then), and where was the question of a devotee envisioning himself as a deity.

But when I was forty-four, having been fascinated by the manuscript of satirical novel penned by one Bhibhas Sen, an Adman, with whom I had been on the same intellectual page for the past four years then, it occurred to me, ‘when he could, I can for sure’. It was as if Bhibhas had driven away the ghosts of the masters that came to shadow my muse but as life would have it, it was another matter that as he didn’t want to foul his novel by dragging it to ‘publishable length’, it remained in the limbo. 

With my muse thus unshackled, I set to work on the skeletal idea of Benign Flame with the conviction that for fiction to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil, not the hotchpotch of local and foreign caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, the then norm of the Indian writing in English. Yet it took me a fortnight to get the inspiring opening sentence - “That winter night in the mid-seventies, the Janata Express was racing rhythmically on its tracks towards the coast of Andhra Pradesh. As its headlight pierced the darkness of the fertile plains, the driver honked the horn as though to awake the sleepy environs to the spectacle of the speeding train”.  

From there on, it was as though a ‘novel’ chemistry had developed between my muse and my characters’ psyche that shaped its fictional course, and soon, I came to believe that I had something unique to offer to the world; so, not wanting to die till I gave it to it, I used to go to lengths to safeguard my life till I finished it with a ‘top of the world’ feeling. What one Spencer Critchley, an American critic, thought about my contribution – “It’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs” - made me feel vindicated, though there were no takers to it among the Indian publishers and the Western agents.

So, I had no heart to bring my pen to any more paper (those were the pre-keyboard days) though my head was swirling with novel ideas, triggered by an examined life lived in an eventful manner. Sometime later, that was after I read a book of short stories presented to me; I had resumed writing due to a holistic reason. While it was the quality of Bhibhas’ satire that set me on a fictional track from which I was derailed by the publishers’ indifference, strangely, it was the lack of it in that book that once again spurred me onto the novel track to pursue the joy of writing for its own sake, and that led me to the literary stations of Crossing the Mirage and Jewel-less Crown. But in the wake of the hotly debated but poorly analyzed Godhra-Gujarat communal rioting in 2002, as I was impelled to examine the role religions play in social disharmony, my fictional course had taken a non-fiction turn with Puppets of Faith.

Then it was as if my muse, wanting me to lend my hand to other literary genres led me into the arena of translation, pushed me onto the ‘unknown’ stage, put me on a stream of consciousness, took me to crime scenes and dragged me into the by-lanes of short stories. However, it was Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, who lent his e-hand to my books in search of readers. Who would have thought that life held such literary possibilities in English language for a rustic Telugu lad in rural Andhra even in post-colonial India? The possibilities of life are indeed novel, and seemingly my life has crystallized itself in my body of work before death could dissipate it.

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BS is an Indian novelist, playwright, short story and non-fiction writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher with "Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the world" published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004 that's republished in Academia. edu. https://www.academia.edu/21434144/Addendum_to_Evolution_Origins_of_the_World

All his fictional work was borne out of his conviction that for fiction to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas.

 


 
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Title:   తప్పటడుగులు (Missteps)
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   BS Murthy (Self Imprint)
Language:   Telugu
Date:  
Subjects:   Telugu stories, Telugu fiction, Short stories, Love stories, ప్రేమ, ఫిక్షన్, రొమాన్సు, స్త్రీకథ, మహిళ, విమెన్లిబ్, స్త్రీపురుషసంభందం, స్త్రీపురుషాకర్షణ, Love triangle, అనుబంధాలు, అనుభవాలు,, Man-woman relationships
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0100302328
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
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Title:   దశావతార స్తోత్రములు (Dasãvatãra Hymns)
Author:   రచన - కోసూరి రాఘవ, గాత్రం - వడ్లమాని కామేశ్వరరావు
Publisher:   BS Murthy
Language:   Telugu
Date:   2019
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Religion, In praise of Lord Vishnu's ten incarnations (avatãrs)
Collections:   Audio Books Collection
Book Id:   WPLBN0100302135
Format Type:   Mp3 (Audio Book)
Average Rating:   (0)
 
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Title:   Addendum to Evolution : Origins of the World : Origins of the World
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   BS Murthy
Language:   English
Date:   2019
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
Collections:   Authors Community, Classical Antiquity
Book Id:   WPLBN0100302111
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (0)
 
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Title:   Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2013
Subjects:   Non Fiction, Hinduism, Ramayana
Collections:   Audio Books Collection, Poetry
Book Id:   WPLBN0100002874
Format Type:   Mp3 (Audio Book)
Average Rating:   (30)
 
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Title:   Bhagavad Gita : Treatise of Self-Help
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   BS Murthy
Language:   English
Date:   2016
Subjects:   Philosophy,Psychology,Religion, Spirituality, Epic, Immortality,, Sociology, Life, Nature, Spirit, Death, Self-help, Hinduism today
Collections:   Educational Videos, Philosophy
Book Id:   WPLBN0004450990
Format Type:   Video (Education Video)
Average Rating:   (30)
 
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Title:   Stories Varied : A Book of Short Stories
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2016
Subjects:   Short stories, Love, Erotic fiction, Women's writing, General fiction, Indian fiction,, Romance, Erotic romance, Indian stories, Love stories, Love triangle, Women's stories, Love triangle,, Literature, Love jihad, Lesbian stories, Old flame, Autumn love,
Collections:   Authors Community, Short Stories
Book Id:   WPLBN0004450875
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (1)
 
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Title:   Prey on the Prowl (A Crime Novel)
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2010
Subjects:   Crime and mystery, Murder and detection, Crime and punishment, Detective novel, Serial murders,Private Detective, Serial killer, Erotic romance, Love story, Indian writing,, Love, Literature, Suspense
Collections:   Authors Community, Mystery Fiction
Book Id:   WPLBN0003437464
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (5)
 
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Title:   Onto the Stage : ‘Slighted Souls’ and other stage and radio plays
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2014
Subjects:   Stage plays, Radio plays, Social drama, political plays, Drama, Theater, Literature, Indian writing, Indian fiction,, Love, Romance, Sexual harassment at work polace, Vishakha Judgment, Old flame, Ambition,, India drama, Indian stage plays, Indian theater, Indian social drama, Naxalites, Downtrodden, Armed rebellion,
Collections:   Authors Community, Plays
Book Id:   WPLBN0003437423
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (16)
 
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Title:   Glaring Shadow : A Stream of Consciousness Novel
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:  
Subjects:   Literature, Indian literature,Literary novel, Indian English novel, Indian fiction, Indian Writing in English, Stream of consciousness novel, Love story, Erotic fiction, General fiction, Man-woman chemistry, women's writing, Materialism, Spirituality, Humour and satire, Memoir, Tragedy, Human relationships,, Sociology, Psychology
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0003437399
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (25)
 
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Title:   Puppets Of Faith : Theory of Communal Strife (A critical appraisal of Islamic faith, Indian polity ‘n more)
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2013
Subjects:   Ancient India, Aryan migration, Medieval India, Sanatana dharma, Hindutva, Islamic invasion, Muslim rule in India, British Raj, Indian constitution, Indian electoral politics, Indian democracy, Hindutva,, Muhammad's life and times, Islam, islamic credo, Jihad, Fidayeen, Muslim psyche, Sociology, Terrorism, Indian Muslims, Semitic faiths, Judaism, Christianity,, Analytical history, Logic and reasoning, Rational criticism, Political science, historical narrative, novel non-fcition
Collections:   Authors Community, Religion
Book Id:   WPLBN0002827707
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (79)
 
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Title:   Benign Flame : Saga of Love
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2013
Subjects:   Literature, Indian English literature, Literary fiction, General novel, Adultery, Women's dilemma, Feminism, Love story, Erotic romance, Erotic fiction, Lesbianism, Love-triangle, Threesome, Menage a trois, Indian fiction, Love story, Indian novel, Infidelity, Love affair, cuckold,, Romance, Women's writing, Family saga, Man-woman chemistry, Playboy, Seduction, Flirting, Tragedy,
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0002827435
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (15)
 
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Title:   Jewel-Less Crown : Saga of Life
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2013
Subjects:   Literature, Indian literature, Indian English literature, Indian Writing in English, Love story, Indian love story,Erotic romance, Women's writing, Women's dilemma, Adultery, Cuckold, Deceit, Crime, Rape, Murder, Romance, Indian romantic novel, Erotic fiction, Indian fiction, Literary novel, General fiction, Thriller, Court drama,, Sociology, Psychology, Schizophrenia, Spirituality, Morality, Materialism, Morality, Tragedy, Artha, Dharma, Kama, Moksha,
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0002827433
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (45)
 
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Title:   Crossing the Mirage : Passing Through Youth
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2013
Subjects:   Literature, Indian literature, Indian English literature, Indian Writing in English, Literary novel, Indian novel, General fiction, Love story, Indian love story, Erotic fiction, Romance, Jilting, General fiction, Poetic justice,, Romance, Women's dilemma, Just deserts, Psychological novel, Woman behind a man, Juvenile delinquency, Calf love, Unrequited love,, Erotic romance, Man-woman relationship, Femme fatale, Love triangle, Garden path, Love and hatred,
Collections:   Authors Community, Literature
Book Id:   WPLBN0002827431
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (15)
 
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Title:   Sundara Kānda: Hanuman's Odyssey
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2010
Subjects:   Love, Spirituality, Epic, Erotic romance, poetry, Adventure, Mythology, Hindu mythology, Sundara Kanda,Ramayana, Rama, Hanuman, Sita, Ravana, Fantasy adventure, Scriptures, Puranas, Indian literature, Hindu literature, Sanskrit literature, Classics, Hindu classics, Sanskrit classics, Religion, Sspirituality, Adversity, Forbearance, Hope, Fidelity, Kidnap, Lanka, Hinduism, Magical realism, Poetry, Verses,, Literature, Ramayana, War, Mythology, Hinduism today,
Collections:   Authors Community, Religion
Book Id:   WPLBN0002097653
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (227)
 
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Title:   Bhagvad-Gita : Treatise of Self-Help
Author:   BS Murthy
Publisher:   Self-published
Language:   English
Date:   2010
Subjects:   Religion, Spirituality, Sociology, Philosophy, Immortality, Epic, Hinduism today,War,, Self Help, Psychology, Nature, Spirit, Death, Fear, Life,
Collections:   Authors Community, Philosophy
Book Id:   WPLBN0002097652
Format Type:   PDF (eBook)
Average Rating:   (457)
 
 
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